The Trail Fest 10k proved to be both challenging and rewarding. This is an in depth look into the mindset of a runner entering a race for the first time. The running community was great and incredibly supportive. I can’t wait to do it again!
I wanted to chronicle my thoughts before and after the race. I discuss my approach, go over what worked, and what I would do differently. FYI, I made the decision to run without my GoPro to focus on the race, but if you are interested in the 10k race course see the links below.
A little background, after a couple years of running, and dealing with a few injuries that delayed my progression, I finally ran my first race! I picked the Trail Fest 10k because I am familiar with these trails and also comfortable with the distance and elevation involved. In total the race ended up just over 6 miles with about 900 feet of elevation.
Big thanks to Dan and Andrew from the Big Woods Running Club who put on a fantastic race. Also a huge shout out to my wife Janet, who recorded my race day footage and asked me all the questions.
Trail Fest 10k race course preview & interview with RD
Big Woods Running Club
North Coventry Township
Footage notes: All shots were taken at the Coventry Woods in Pottstown PA.